Welcome to Ntangki National Park, the only national park in the state of Nagaland, India. The park is home to a variety of animals such as elephants, wild buffalos, sloth bears, black storks, and the rare Hoolok gibbon. But what really put this park on the map was its spat with PETA, which caused the park to step up its game and improve the living conditions for its animals. So, now it’s a lovely family-friendly place.
Ntangki Reserved Forest was established almost a hundred years ago in 1923 by the British, who expanded the area four years later in 1927. The Zeliangrong tribe is one of the many local tribes living in the forest, and the name “Ntangki” comes from their unique dialect.
As you explore the park, you’ll see large mahogany and bamboo trees, as well as rattan trees and various flora species such as Rubia cordifolia and Passiflora edulis. There’s no shortage of beautiful flora in the park, including Elaeocarpus ganitrus, Shorea assamica, and Panax gensing.
Now, let’s talk about the fauna. The park is home to the rare hoolock gibbon, as well as sloth bears, tigers, leopards, and Mithun-a kind of domesticated Gaur (wild cow), which is Nagaland State Government’s designated official seal. Wild dogs roam the park in packs, so make sure to follow your guide’s instructions. And if you’re into birdwatching, you’ll love spotting hornbills, pheasants, and black storks.
When planning your visit, don’t forget to consider the climate. You don’t want to get caught in a monsoon downpour or sweltering heat. But whenever you come, be ready to fall in love with Ntangki National Park and all its natural beauty.